Bruschetta With Chanterelles and Brie

Chanterelle_And_Brie_Bruschetta
Chanterelle and Brie Bruschetta

My last few forays with chanterelle mushrooms have combined them with other big flavors. For this appetizer, I wanted to highlight the delicious, earthy, sweet, complex fungii themselves, adding mainly just some melted brie for richness. This would make a rather decadent appetizer to pass at a holiday party, preferably with an equally earthy red wine. 

When shopping for chanterelles, you want them to be neither dried out, woody, nor slimy. Size doesn’t really matter. It can take some work to find the best specimens in a bin. Store them in a paper bag in the refrigerator and use within a couple of days. To clean them, I like to just moisten a dishrag and use it to brush off any clinging dirt and pine needles.

Bruschetta With Chanterelles and Brie
Makes 8 pieces
Vegetarian; not vegan or gluten-free

  • 4 tablespoons sweet butter
  • 1 pound chanterelle mushrooms, thoroughly cleaned (see note above) and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 8 slices of baguette (on the diagonal so they are a little bigger)
  • 1/2 cup brie or other triple-cream cheese (no rind)
  • sea salt
  • finely chopped parsley
  1. Melt the butter in a good sized skillet over medium high heat (just short of smoking). Add the mushrooms and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir to coat evenly with butter and then saute, shaking only occasionally for 7-10 minutes until all of the liquid is gone and the mushrooms are browning quite nicely. Remove from the heat, add the sherry, return to the heat, scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the flavorful bits, and saute just long enough to evaporate the liquid.
  2. You should definitely taste a mushroom or two now! You need to make sure they are really, really tasty and properly seasoned. If you aren’t sure, you better eat some more. That’s ok, your guests probably aren’t that hungry.
  3. While the mushrooms are cooking, toast the bread lightly. Then spread on the brie and return to the toaster to melt.
  4. To serve, divide the mushrooms among the pieces of toast, sprinkle on a few more grains of crunchy salt, some black pepper, and the parsley.

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Friday, December 5th, 2008 in Appetizers, Recipes.

10 Responses to “Bruschetta With Chanterelles and Brie”

  1. December 5, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    That sounds great – I only have to find chanterelles now!

  2. December 5, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    I wonder if I can find chanterelles in southern California? Nice photography.

  3. kathleen
    December 5, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    how do you find rennet-free brie?

  4. Michael Natkin
    December 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    If you are concerned about rennet, you could choose a different variety of
    triple-cream / bloomy type cheese that uses vegetarian microbial rennet,
    such as Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog or Fromage D’Affinois.

  5. December 5, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    I JUST bought some at Whole Foods and I trembled as I picked each one out. At $30 a lb. I picked out my measly little pile…I was shedding a tear while doing so because my parents live in Guatemala and there, when in season, you can literally buy them on any street corner. I emailed my mom that I had just paid $30 for them and she almost fainted!

  6. December 6, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    Mmm… wow, these look so good.

  7. December 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    Yum, I usually pair brie with something sweet, but savory mushrooms (especially chanterelle) sounds mouth-watering! I love it.

  8. December 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    I adore chanterelles. Everything you do on this blog looks so scrumptious. I can’t wait to make this for the holidays, except the price of chanterelles kills me sometimes. Selfishly, I always buy them for myself, so perhaps the holiday, I should be a bit more giving and let all my friends and family indulge.

  9. December 13, 2008 at 6:32 pm #

    Ooh..I like that. I have never tasted those mushrooms, I guess I’m missing out. Will pick some up soon.

  10. kim
    October 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I have picked chanterelles for 30 years now, and am always looking for ways to use them. Last weekend, in a matter of 1 1/2 hours, we picked 30 lbs! I can many cases to use year round and share a lot with my friends. I feel sorry for those of you that have to pay high prices, as they are readily available to me, at this time each year, if you know what you are doing and where to find them.They are one of my favorites, and love researching new ways to use them. Nice site, saved tis to favorites.

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